From the School

One of the country's most selective public research universities, Clemson was founded in 1889 with a mission to be a "high seminary of learning" dedicated to teaching, research, and service. Today, these three concepts remain at the heart of the University and provide the framework for an exceptional educational experience.

At Clemson University, professors take the time to get to know students and explore innovative ways of teaching. Exceptional teaching is one reason Clemson's retention and graduation rates rank among the highest in the country for public universities.

Exceptional teaching is also why Clemson continues to attract an increasingly talented student body. In 2014, more than half of the entering freshmen were ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, and the freshman class averaged 1253 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT.

Clemson is committed to world-class research. Research expenditures in 2013 totaled nearly $101 million.

The University is also invested in the success of its students. For the fall 2012 class, Clemson's student retention rate was 92 percent. Much of this is due to the Academic Success Center (ASC), established in 2001 and recognized nationally and internationally for its programs in tutoring, supplemental instruction, and collegiate learning. The ASC moved into a new facility in 2012 where it offers free one-on-one tutoring services for more than 80 courses as well as for additional courses as the need arises. Supplemental instruction, academic skills workshops, and academic counseling are also available-free to all Clemson students. It is estimated that more than 50 percent of freshmen use ASC services during their first semester.

Clemson has also received national recognition for its innovative Communication Across the Curriculum (CAC) program, ranking ninth on the U.S.News & World Report list of public colleges and universities identified as making writing across all curriculums a priority. At Clemson, CAC has become a standard teaching method used in nearly every department to provide real-life challenges that require students to think and communicate effectively.

From cheering the Tigers at a football game to socializing at the Hendrix Student Center, Clemson students can participate in a wide variety of activities outside the classroom. The more than 400 campus clubs and organizations include fraternities and sororities, as well as honorary, international, military, performing arts, political, professional, religious, service, social interest, special interest, sports and fitness, and student media.

With 19 intercollegiate sports, Clemson offers exciting spectator sports year-round. Clemson is a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and is an NCAA Division I school. Admission to regular-season home events is included in University fees for full-time students.

Admissions:
864-656-2287
clemson.edu/admissions/undergraduate

Campus Tours:
864-656-4789
clemson.edu/visitors

Overview

Applicants
18,604
Acceptance Rate
57%

GPA Breakdown

82%
Over 3.75
9%
3.50 - 3.74
5%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
-
SAT Math
-
ACT Composite
26 - 31

Deadlines


Regular
May 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

State Residency

Overall

From The School

Honors College
Calhoun Honors College is a University-wide program that combines the strengths of a public, land-grant university with those of a highly selective small college. Calhoun Scholars may choose to pursue departmental honors within their specific academic discipline. In addition, EUREKA! (Experiences in Undergraduate Research, Exploration, and Knowledge Advancement) is a unique and exciting program that enables honors students to pursue research and scholarly activities with faculty members across all disciplines. The advantages of membership in the Honors College include priority registration, extended library loan privileges, honors research grants, and a special living-learning community.

The National Scholars Program is a highly selective program for exceptional students who strive to meet their highest intellectual potential. One of its goals is to develop the interests and talents students need to compete for Rhodes, Marshall, and Truman scholarships; Fulbright Grants; National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships; and other prestigious international fellowships. In 2013, 11 Clemson students received National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships. Three recent Clemson graduates received Fulbright grants to conduct research or teach abroad, and three students were named Goldwater Scholars.

Undergraduate Research
Clemson's Creative Inquiry (CI) program allows undergraduate students to engage in research about problems that spring from their own curiosity, from a professor's challenge or from the pressing needs of the world around them. Team-based investigations are led by a faculty mentor and typically span two to four semesters. Students take ownership of their projects and take the risks necessary to solve problems and get answers. This invaluable experience produces exceptional graduates, capable of thinking critically, solving problems as a team, and communicating and presenting their ideas to others. In 2013-14, 3,439 students participated in 519 CI teams.

Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention
Clemson's nationally recognized Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention (PEER) is committed to improving the academic performance of underrepresented students in engineering and science. According to a 2012 survey by the magazine Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, Clemson ranks 15th among the nation's universities in graduating African-American students in engineering.

Living-Learning Communities
Living-learning communities offer the chance for students to live and work with others who have similar interests and goals. There are living options for students interested in business, engineering and science, civics and service, honors courses, professional golf management, and much more. Recognized as a national model, the communities are designed to help students be more successful by offering on-site advising and academic support, common course assignments, guest speakers, service opportunities and a variety of social activities.

Students Say

Located in South Carolina, legendary sports stronghold Clemson University is “all about supporting its academics as well as its athletic teams.” This public university is an AACC school that can provide “many opportunities to each student, no matter the major.” The “incredible energy” surrounding Clemson academics, sports, and culture yields “a ton of school spirit,” and it is apparent from the first step on campus that “the students love Clemson, and professors love Clemson students.” The size and Southern charm offer students the best of both worlds: the “friendly atmosphere of a small town college, with the advantages and opportunities of a huge university,” including study abroad, myriad research opportunities, and Division I athletics. “No other place makes a student feel so instantly welcomed and at home while making you feel like you are a part of something bigger than yourself.” Most of the professors are “very engaging” and “supportive advisers” who relate interesting real-life examples to their lectures. “Professors are willing to delve deep into subjects that they are interested in and love student input and involvement,” says a student. They are “lively and make the material interesting to learn” and “put teaching first,” and the resulting atmosphere is “enriching and expansive.” There is no competitive streak among students, only a desire to succeed, and the whole campus is “full of encouragement, support, and building relationships with those around you.” Unsurprisingly, the school is “full of traditions,” and it has “a great balance between sports, organizations, and study.” The Clemson alumni network is internationally strong. “Clemson is one big family; [you] immediately bond with other Clemson people you meet around the world,” one student says. “There is something in these hills that is something special, and you will know it immediately once you become a member of the Clemson Family.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17.4:1
Total Faculty
1,199
with Terminal Degree
1,033

772
Men
427
Women
204
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
96%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Lucas Glover
Winner of the US Open, 2009

Jane Robelot
formerly with CBS News

Donald Logan
CEO, Time-Warner

John Floyd
Editor, So. Living Magazine

Nancy O'Dell
Access Hollywood

Harvey B. Gantt
Former Mayor of Charlotte, NC

Shawn Weatherly
Miss Universe, 1980

Overview

From The School

2012-13 Academic Year

S.C Resident Full Time
Tuition and Fees*
$13,054
Room and Board (approximate)
$ 8,142
Books and Supplies (approximate)
$ 1,112


Total
$22,308


Nonresident Full Time
Tuition and Fees*
$30,488
Room and Board (approximate)
$ 8,142
Books and Supplies (approximate)
$ 1,112


Total $$39,742

Other Expenses
Estimated Personal and Transportation Expenses $3,520
One-time computer cost** $1,900

*Assumes health and other mandatory fees (required for all full-time students) and average lab and loan fees.

**All students are required to own a laptop computer. For details, go to clemson.edu/laptop.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
76
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

Clemson University provides a diverse yet comprehensive educational experience at an affordable cost. One satisfied student shares, “I wanted to be a part of the Clemson family, and the price was right. I received full scholarship and stipend, and thus Clemson became the best value for an education.” Yearly tuition is about $13,800 for students from in-state. Undergraduates from elsewhere will be looking at an increase to more than $31,800; nonetheless, 35 percent of students do come from out-of-state. Another $9,500 or so will cover room and board, as well as books and supplies for all students.

Bang For Your Buck

Clemson University works to engage students and provide them with advantages in the workforce that begin with their undergraduate experience. Students have worked at more than 375 companies through cooperative education, providing them with the ability to apply what is learned in class to real-life situations, while making invaluable contacts in the field they have chosen to pursue. This makes them strong contenders in today’s job market. As one student relates, “Being able to research as an undergraduate has been exceedingly helpful in obtaining a job after graduation.” One junior reports, “At Clemson, I’m earning a respected degree working alongside the leading researcher in my field, gaining valuable leadership experience while serving the community, and having the time of my life with my best friends. What’s not to love?” Yet another student adds, “Clemson has put a large emphasis on recruiting the best faculty over the past ten years, and it shows.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,398

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,993

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,412

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,114

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
48%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,795

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$13,382
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$30,826
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,112

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$3,698

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

At Clemson, school spirit is a color Solid Orange and it's hard to miss on fall Saturdays in Death Valley when more than 80,000 fans cheer on the Clemson Tigers. Take a walk through campus on any night, and you'll see the campus alive with students playing intramural sports, going to concerts, attending Greek mixers or gathering to meet with any of Clemson's 400+ student organizations.

Students Say

While the majority of students are Southern and white, students of all backgrounds are bonded “by their sheer love of Clemson.” The school spirit bleeds into everyone’s demeanor, and this overwhelmingly happy and “very active” bunch “honestly try to include and befriend everyone.” They are “very friendly, family oriented, athletic, and well put together.” Many are also religious (“mostly Christian”) and “go on mission trips and volunteer locally in the community.” Most students here are down with Clemson athletics and “are willing to cheer for whatever sport is going on.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
16,931
Out of State
35%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
84

Demographics

1.80%
Asian
6.35%
African-American
2.64%
Hispanic
84.70%
Caucasian
2.13%
Unknown
1.14%
International

46% female
54% male
35% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

From The School

Clemson University is located in Clemson, S.C., a town of about 14,000 located in the middle of the I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Ga., and Charlotte, N.C. The 1,400-acre campus borders the shores of Hartwell Lake and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Students Say

One of the greatest strengths of Clemson University is its heritage, which “resonates with any person who has ever had the privilege to call this campus home.” The school is all about uniting 15,500 strangers into “a supportive family grounded in a shared passion for excellence.” “Students at Clemson are very interested in Clemson,” says a student. “What I mean by that is the students create their own lives and communities within the school.” There are “plenty of opportunities” to become involved and active on campus, whether “through sports or academic organizations.” Greek life is also “rather popular,” but not every student joins. Study abroad is strongly encouraged, and “almost every student does some sort of study abroad.” The school is nestled next to the mountains, and “there are a ton of trails owned by Clemson University” for students to hike and bike. Varsity sports are massively well-attended, and intramural sports are “huge”; “There are always pickup games on Bowman Field.” On weekends, many students go downtown to the bars, “where there is a smaller, intimate setting, but still fun and exciting.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
41%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
97
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
93

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Bonnie Martin

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation: usually 3 to 5 years

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
292
Number of Honor Societies
23

Number of Social Sororities
17
Number of Religious Organizations
24

22% join a fraternity
48% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Tigers)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Tigers)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
80

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
75

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
30

Average Number of PC's per Lab
11

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
80%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Clemson requires the purchase of laptop computers. IBM laptops are the computer of choice at present time.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Ms. Helen Adams
Director of the Class of 1944 Visitors Center

Address
Admissions Office
105 Sikes Hall
Clemson, SC 296345124

Phone
8646562287

Email
cuvisit@clemson.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
SC Botanical Garden/ Discovery Center/Geology Muse
Hendrix Student Center - Clemson Ice Cream
Conference Center and Inn at Clemson/Walker Golf C
Fort Hill - John C. Calhoun House
Lee Art Gallery
Please visit: http://www.clemson.edu/visitors/index.html

Most Popular Places Off Campus
T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena
Lake Hartwell
Downtown Clemson/ Shopping and Dining
International Center Automotive Research
The Blue Ridge Mountains
Please visit: http://www.clemson.edu/visitors/places-interest.html

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Sunday
8am-4:30pm, abridged weekend hrs- open afternoon
8646562287

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Sat 9:45 am and 1:45 pm: Sun 1:45 pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Interviews have no bearing on Admission.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://clemsontigers.cstv.com/school-bio

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport in Greenville, SC is a 1-hour drive from campus. Arrange for a rental car or the airport shuttle for the drive from the airport to the campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-85, exit to US Rte. 76 (north and west). Follow US 76 to South Carolina Hwy. 93 W. Follow Highway 93 to Sikes Hall (admissions office) and to the Visitors Center (just off Hwy. 93 across from Sikes Hall).

Local Accommodations
Within a mile and a half of Clemson there are several chain motels. Days Inn, Ramada Inn, Sleep Inn, Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn and Lake Hartwell Inn. On campus, we have the James F. Martin Inn (864/ 656-9020)available, as well as golf privileges. Ramada Inn (U.S. Hwy. 123 and 76; 864-654-7501) has an indoor pool, live entertainment in the lounge Monday through Saturday, and a patio and balconies that open up into an atrium with the pool and gazebo. Comfort Inn (1305 Tiger Blvd.; 864-653-3600) has an outdoor pool and an exercise room. For charm the choice is the Liberty Hall Inn (Business Rte. 28, Pendleton; 864-646-7500), about 6 miles away. The Inn's inexpensive rates include breakfast. The inn is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the area in which it is located is exceptionally lovely.